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US jobless claims down 14,000

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week by 14,000 to 385,000, more evidence that the economy and the job market are rebounding briskly from the coronavirus recession. The Labor Department reported Thursday that unemployment claims — a proxy for layoffs — dropped…

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Forest fires in Greece threaten Olympic birthplace

Associated Press LIMNI, Greece (AP) — One of the major forest fires burning in Greece amid a protracted heat wave threat- ened the archaeological site at the birthplace of the modern Olympics as the Greek military prepared Thursday to increase its involvement in preventing new blazes from raging out of control. Firefighters waged “an all-…

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Firms wrestle with supply bottlenecks

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Toy maker Eric Poses created a card game last year he called The Worst-Case Scenario, a wry reference to the way the coronavirus had upended normal life. He had no idea. In a twist that Poses never could have predicted, his game itself would become caught…

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Fire engulfs Northern California town, leveling businesses, homes

By NOAH BERGER Associated Press GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire has leveled much of the downtown and some sur- rounding homes in a small Northern California mountain community. The Dixie Fire tore through the Greenville on Wednesday evening, destroying businesses and homes as the sky was cast in an orange glow. A photographer on…

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At least 10 dead as van carrying migrants crashes in Texas

By TERRY WALLACE Associated Press An overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others, authorities said. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of McAllen. Sgt.…

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Police hold Kentucky man in killing of couple, arson of home

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man is accused of killing a married couple outside an apartment building they owned, then barricading himself inside the residence for hours and setting a fire before police arrested him, officials said. Officers responded Tuesday afternoon when a witness reported a shooting, Richmond Police Chief Rodney Richardson told news…

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Officer dead, suspect killed in violence outside Pentagon

LOLITA C. BALDOR, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon police officer died after being stabbed during a burst of violence at a transit center outside the building, and a suspect was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. military, was temporarily…

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A look at the harassment claims against Cuomo

NEW YORK (AP) — A long- awaited report issued Tuesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed several accounts from accusers who have gone public.  But the report also revealed previously unknown accusations, including one by a state trooper assigned to Cuomo’s security detail.  Investigators hired…

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For Missouri congresswoman, eviction fight is personal

BRIAN SLODYSKO and JIM SALTER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly two decades before she was elected to Congress, Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri lived in a Ford Explorer with her then-husband and two young children after the family had been evicted from their rental home. So for Bush, a freshman Democrat from St. Louis,…

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Tencent limits gaming for kids

ZEN SOO Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — China’s biggest gaming company, Tencent Holdings, said Tuesday it will limit gaming time for minors and ban children under age 12 from making in-game purchases after a state media article called games “spiritual opium.” Tencent’s pledge to curb gaming for minors came hours after the company’s stock…

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